Location: Eagle Lake, California, United States
Questions involving past human foraging behavior, paleoecology, and paleoclimate can be addressed through the identification and analysis of archaeological vertebrate remains. These aspects of zooarchaeology serve as the main goals of this novel, hands-on, laboratory- and field-based course. Unlike any other archaeological field experience, students will gain expertise in the identification of fragmentary vertebrate remains from archaeological contexts in the western U.S. and at the same time be immersed in the natural history and ecology of local vertebrate animals in a remote and scenic setting. Topics that will be covered include foraging theory, prey choice, the nature of the archaeofaunal record, units of quantification, taphonomy, ecological concepts and theory, vertebrate taxonomy and natural history, and skeletal preparation. Additional experience in archaeological vertebrate identification and analysis will be gained through the completion of a problem-oriented research project based on the analysis of one of several provided archaeofaunal assemblages from sites in western North America. The research project will be presented at 8th Annual Stanley J. Olsen Eagle Lake Zooarchaeological Conference held at the end of the course. As of May 1st, we still have two slots open.
Period(s) of Occupation: Historic/Holocene/Pleistocene
Room and Board Arrangements
Lyman, R. Lee (2008). Quantitative Paleozoology. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, New York.
Reitz, E.J. and E.S. Wing. (2008). Zooarchaeology, second edition. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, New York.